Why don't gay and straight couples get domestic partnerships under the law?
Leave marriage to the Church. If you want to hear more about this, read my hub: http://hubpages.com/hub/Marriage-Defined
Actually they do.
Under English law.
You can be called common law man and wife under English law and you can enter into civil partnership too.
You don't have to be married in a church to be man and wife--or life partners, whatever the appropriate term is.
this is where the problem of the world originates from. Why gay marriages in the first place? are there not enough women and men to go round again? what is wrong with getting married in a church? Maybe something is wrong with humanity?
I agree with you, that if we want to leave marriage to the Church, that all people should have "domestic partnerships" or "civil marriages".
Historically, though, marriage was a "secular" institution that Christian clergy "took over" when, during the breakdown of the Roman Empire, there weren't enough magistrates to solemnize marriages. So perhaps it's the Church that should consider getting out of the marriage business.
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